Seattle Picks: Science Fiction
Annotation:Hot, smelly and crowded post-apocalyptic Bangkok boasts “wind-up” people, indistinguishable from “real” people, and a desperate economy. A few heroes step up to save the city against invaders.
Annotation:Eccentric Mary Griffith and her clan run a successful bar on colonized Mars patronized by a colorful cast of characters who help her battle big business to keep the tavern open.
Annotation:Following Patient 8262, an ambitious drug dealer, a professional assassin and a coterie of other characters, this novel involves various parallel Earths in a story that twists perspective and questions reality.
Annotation:In a frighteningly realistic projection of world climate change, a flood threatens to destroy civilization, causing widespread panic and an ever worsening classist society in which only the strong will survive.
Annotation:Captain Amos January lands his ship on an unknown planet for repairs where he finds the Dancer, a shape-changing stone left by an alien race, whose discovery drops January in the middle of a fight for ownership.
Annotation:When Lucy moves from the Congo jungle to Chicago, her unique talents as a “humanzee” force others to think about their definition of what is and is not human and what evolution really means.
Annotation:On the edge of the universe lies the Void, an artificial black hole that keeps expanding. Inigo begins to dream about the Void as a possible new home for humankind. But what’s really there? (Void trilogy #1)
Annotation:“Go Away” bombs have wrecked havoc with Earth and an unnamed soldier and his friend Gonzo traverse a post-apocalyptic world where mutations and other odd and horrific repercussions of war abound.
Annotation:In a dystopian society that culls organs from older adults kept healthy solely for that purpose, Dorrit Weger learns the cost of forming attachments to other inmates.
Annotation:Alien “Atoners” put out a call for volunteer humans to witness Atoner crimes against humanity in a distant past. This is the story of what they learn on alien planets.
Annotation:In a near-future Istanbul, the new global trade center, the lives of six disparate characters come together to form a portrait of the Turkish city turned into a chaotic and frightening dystopia.
Annotation:After promising him his heart’s desire, Prospero Taligent, the wealthiest man in the world imprisons a greeting card writer aboard a gigantic zeppelin with the voice of his beloved and a crew of evil robots.
Annotation:In this action-packed steampunk novel set in Civil War-era Seattle, Zeke ventures into the walled-off city where years before his father was blamed for having unleashed a gas that turned people into zombies.
Annotation:As if he didn’t have enough trouble fighting the superstitious, tradition-laden Church in Italy, Galileo is plucked from the 17th century and brought to the future to ensure the triumph of science over religion.
Annotation:Caitlin Decter struggles to preserve her newly awakened friend, Webmind, against government officials who consider the conscious entity a threat to security. (WWW Trilogy #2)
Annotation:When a fleet threatens Safehold, the last human planet, King Cayleb, warrior monk Merlin and others ready for battle in order to save the democratic Charisian Empire. (Safehold series #4)